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# 176932 16-Jul-2015 15:20
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Hey guys, its been a while since i've visited the forum,
Our current internet is utter crap, its with Telecom (Spark as you will), and its an old plan called "Total Home Broadband 120GB". On our WiFi we have 2 android phones, an android tablet, a Xbox 360, a PS3, around 6 Computers, but mostly 3 at a time, and we are blowing through our internet really quickly. I would like to switch away from telecom, as their customer support is really bad from my experience, but we need to keep our Xtra email addresses. Firstly, does Spark still offer that $5 a month to keep the email address, and do they have landline only packages, as we have looked into other providers that are cheaper, but which is the best for us. We live in Norsewood, a rural town south of Waipukurau, so in the Tararua region, so obviously we can't get MyRepublic or any UFB plans, but we are supposedly eligble for VDSL. Is it any better then our current ADSL2+ line, and how much is it for unlimited?

TL:DR: Who is the best internet provider for VDSL that offers Unlimited naked broadband and is cheaper then Telecom/Spark, and can we keep our Xtra email and Telecom phone line.

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  # 1345570 16-Jul-2015 15:58
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According to the map, you are in the >5Mbps area for ADSL so I don't think you can get VDSL.

I think your broadband connection is not good because of the long distance between your house and the exchange or cabinet, so changing ISP would not help.

Your best bet would be upgrading to Spark's unlimited plan to solve the problem with data cap.  I have been using Telecom / Spark for broadband for a few years now and have no problem with them.

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